A WELCOME AND A FOND FAREWELL
2020 has been a year of change, more so than anyone one could have expected. We entered 2020 welcoming Interim Rector Reverend Pierce W. Klemmt. When he accepted the call to join us at St. James Parish in Wilmington, he certainly was not anticipating the circumstances the year brought. However, he faced the challenges of meeting and leading a new parish under the orders of social distancing and times of turmoil with a smile, encouraging words, and a well-timed piece or two of classical music.
We have enjoyed our time getting to know Pierce and Tookie, even if most of it was done through the phone or computer screen. Pierce has been integral in leading our strategic planning initiative, driving stewardship, and providing a sounding board for our staff. It is with immense thankfulness that we wish him all of the best as he concludes his time in Wilmington on Sunday, December 27th. We will miss his gentle presence as he returns to Virginia and his family!
As we wish Pierce a fond farewell, we are excited to welcome The Reverend Michael Singer as our Priest-in-Charge on January 1, 2021. Father Michael will be joining us on our final stretch to calling our new Rector this spring.
The Reverend Michael Singer is very familiar with what it takes to lead a parish going through a time of transition. He retired from full-time active ministry in April 2020 as the Transition Ministry Officer for the Diocese of East Carolina. Prior to this, he served three one-year positions as Interim Rector of St. Paul’s Church, Greenville, St. Paul’s Church, Beaufort, and Church of the Servant, Wilmington. Before began serving as an Interim Rector, he was Rector of St. Mary’s Church, Kinston for 17 years.
His Master of Divinity degree is from Nashotah House, a Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church in Nashotah, Wisconsin and his undergraduate degree is in Religion and Philosophy from Morris Harvey College, now The University of Charleston, in Charleston, West Virginia. A product of the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, growing up in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, which is a small town approximately 35 miles west of Gettysburg. He has served parishes in Williamsport and Altoona, Pennsylvania.
In his years of active ministry, Father Michael has served as a Deputy to General Convention, the Millennium Development Goals Committee (Chair), Convention Planning Committee, Diocesan Trustee, Commission on Ministry (Chair), the Standing Committee, and the Christian Education Committee (Chair).
In his spare time Father Michael enjoys walking, traveling, going to the movies, and spending time with his family…especially his 17-month-old grandson, Bennett. He has been married to his wife, Teresa, (a retired public-school music teacher) for 41 years. They are local to our area and currently reside in Leland, NC.
We look forward to welcoming them to St. James Parish in the new year.